Acupuncture Treatment: How it Works, Benefits, and Risks
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine-gauge needles through the dermis at strategic points on the body. The origin of acupuncture is found in traditional Chinese medicine, but many medical professionals now offer acupuncture services as a means of pain management, holistic wellness and stress management.
Practitioners of Traditional Chinese medicine provide the following explanation for acupuncture: thin needles are used to manipulate and balance the flow of energy or life force called chi (or qi depending on dialect). Chi is believed to follow meridians (paths) throughout the body, and inserting needles at specific points of the body along meridians will re-balance your life force and relieve illness and pain.
Westerners who practice acupuncture typically view it as direct stimulation of nerves, connective tissue and muscles. The commonly held belief is this stimulation increases or accelerates release and effectiveness of the human body’s natural painkillers.
Common Uses for Acupuncture
There are many applications for acupuncture, and the following are just a few of the reasons why acupuncture is considered a viable treatment option among the medical profession:
- to relieve chemotherapyinduced and postoperative nausea
- chronic dental pain
- neck pain
- headaches and/or migraines
- lower back pain
- pain during childbirth or labor
- respiratory disorders
- menstrual cramps
Risks of Acupuncture Treatment
This is an extremely low risk treatment, especially if you see a competent, certified acupuncturist who uses only sterile needles for each treatment. Such treatment is what all patients of Access to Health can expect when receiving acupuncture treatments from Dr. Allard at our clinic. Some patients do experience side effects like minor bleeding at needle sites, or minor bruising around insertions. The only persons who are considered at risk for complications are the following:
- Patients with a bleeding disorder, or who take blood thinners
- Patients with a pacemaker (certain acupuncture therapies involve a small electrical current that can interfere with the function of a pacemaker)
- Patients who are pregnant (some types of acupuncture are believed to stimulate labor, so there is a small chance of premature delivery).
Why Choose Access to Health for Your Acupuncture Treatments?
Dr. Allard has been a practicing physician for nearly two decades, and a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. His wealth of knowledge and experience he now applies to chiropractic care, acupuncture, weight loss, and massage therapy.
Are you interested in trying acupuncture as a treatment for pain or stress management? Contact us today and set up an appointment to see how Dr. Allard and Access to Health Chiropractic Center can help you alleviate illness through proper chiropractic care and natural medicine.